Created on 17-07-2010 at 00:00 AM
“Unbelievable!” Louis van Gaal was left shaking his head at the end of the training session. “Unbelievable, 10-10! They’ve thrown away a two-goal lead in seven minutes!” The boss’s ire was directed at the team headed by Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. And there was more: “That’s unbelievable!” A few of the players avoided the coach’s gaze in embarrassment, but the crowd of fans with their noses pressed to the fence were thoroughly amused by the 58-year-old’s outburst.
For well known reasons, Saturday’s party for training comprised less than half the first team squad, but Van Gaal took matters as seriously as ever. It was only a six-a-side practice match on a small-sized pitch, but the coach loudly criticised unsuccessful moves, and praised decent passages of play. Nor did it matter whether the player’s name was Tymoshchuk, Van Buyten or Olic, or rather Sene, Sansone or Sattelmeier - Van Gaal always treats every player equally.
Two sessions a day
Van Gaal’s rump squad have Sunday off, before heading off on Monday for what was planned as the high point of pre-season. The club’s summer training camp takes place from that day until the following Saturday in Riva del Garda on the shores of Lake Garda, but this summer, the boss will be forced to improvise, as none of the club’s 13 World Cup contenders will be present.
To make up the numbers, the entire reserve squad is also travelling to the north of Italy, but it will be no holiday. Van Gaal’s schedule incorporates two demanding workouts daily from Tuesday until Friday, most of which will be held in Arco. To round off the camp, a Bayern XI will play a Trentino regional XI at the municipal stadium in Arco. Kick-off is at 5 pm on the Saturday.
Gerland’s men to leave on Friday
The majority of the second team will fly back to Munich on Friday, as Hermann Gerland’s men open their third division campaign against promoted Babelsberg the following Sunday. A handful of the reserve players will remain in Riva to make up the numbers for the senior friendly in Arco. Immediately after the match, Ivica Olic and Co will travel to Verona for the return flight to Munich.
The next training session back in the Bavarian capital is set for 26 July. Martin Demichelis and Franck Ribéry will rejoin their club-mates for the first time at that stage. The club’s German and Dutch internationals will reappear on the training ground on 2 August, just two and a half weeks ahead of the Bundesliga restart fixture at home to VfL Wolfsburg.